Here's a great old gospel hymn,
"A Shelter in the Time of Storm"



The verses of this gospel hymn was written around 1880 by English clergyman, Vernon J. Charlesworth. Ira Sankey added the chorus, wrote the music, and copyrighted the song in 1885 under the title "My God Is the Rock of My Refuge," from Psalm 94:22 "But the Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge." Sankey wrote of this hymn:

I found this hymn in a small pa­per pub­lished in Lon­don, called The Postman. It was said to be a fav­o­rite song of the fish­er­man on the north coast of Eng­land, and they were oft­en heard sing­ing it as they ap­proached their har­bors in the time of storm. As the hymn was set to weird minor tune, I decided to compose one that would be more practical, one that could be more easily sung by the people.

Sankey wrote many hymns. At one time he decided that his name was appearing too often as hymn writer, so began using the pseudonym Rian A. Dykes, an anagram of the letters of his name.



You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless
is like a storm driving against a wall
Isaiah 25:4 (NIV)

Sheet music to "A Shelter in the Time of Storm"


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